Category Archives: Accounting, Business & Finance

This is a place for the professional-related stuff I do from time to time. A lot more can be found on http://www.quoracy.com

CPA = CIA ???


Original YT playout date: 6 March 2010
Duration: 9:42

In these days where corporate governance is taken more seriously and more responsibility devolves on the external auditor in matters of fraud, which used to be considered more the province of the internal auditor, what new powers are auditors being given to cope with the pressure on them to uncover frauds in corporations? No new powers at all, in most countries. Only the downward pressure on fees (down over the last fifteen years by about 50% on PPP) which means that we have less time to do the additional work.

There are, however, techniques available which are similar to those used by the CIA in non-confrontational interrogation, and these techniques are available taught by ex CIA trainers and operatives. The way in which the profession is going is not the way most CPAs want it to go, but as people of integrity who cannot just pay lip service and sign a statement that we have properly investigated fraud risk and sign underneath that, there seems to be no other option that for us to start to avail ourselves of advanced techniques that really have more to do with psychology and criminology than the traditional practice of accountancy.
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Duda-Bis protests against Raiffeisenbank


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Original YT playout date: 7 February 2009
Duration: 4:07

The following is the original comment from 12 years ago. I kept it in as its relevance to today is somehow abiding.
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Investors’ Obstacle Course


Original YT playout date: 26 January 2009
Duration: 6:11

We took part in this conference, organised by http://www.warsawvoice.com, the leading English language newspaper in Poland. My article was in this week’s edition, connected with the theme of the conference, which we were silver sponsors for. About 150 people heard prestigious speakers talk about the investment climate and the things Poland still has to offer even in today’s downturn.
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Tough Times


 

Original YT playout date: 17 January 2009
Duration: 11:38

Times are tough, with Company presidents taking desperate measure to toughen themselves up for even tougher times to come. On the drive home I talk a bit about my own fitness plans…
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Marzena Richter on TV Biznes


 

Original YT playout date: 31 December 2008
Duration: 10:19

This young lady is, in effect, a competitor of mine, but also an old friend. We studied accountancy at the same college in London nearly two decades ago, and she has founded a successful practice and well deserved her good reputation on the market. What she says here about the practice of accountancy on TV Biznes in Poland makes me proud as a chartered accountant, as an Englishman, and as her friend. I hope all the best for her and her firm and to all my professional colleagues out there. I hope we are all still here at the end of 2009 however tough it is.
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Polish Christmas Office Party


Original YT playout date: 26 December 2008
Duration: 28:19

Grupa Strategia ( http://www.grupastrategia.com ) your one-stop shop for professional services in Poland for company set-up, tax advice, bookkeeping, audit, mergers and acquisitions, legal advice, software systems (JD Edwards and Galileo/Magique) as well as a fully licensed real estate brokerage for unusual properties, and China consulting, has now completed its move into the new office in Warsaw (as well as having offices in Katowice, Poznan, Gdansk and Poznan). Here we are having our first “wigilia firmowa” with the observing of Polish christmas traditions such as the sharing of the “oplatek” as well as the singing of a selection of Polish and international carols and a table with Polish christmas fare at the end. Enjoy the traditions of the Firm and the country with us, and Merry Christmas!
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Komunikat po polsku o sytuacji z kredytami na rynku


Original YT playout date: 3 December 2008
Duration: 3:40

This is one of the rare occasions I vlog in Polish.

It is a little known fact that about 30% of the short term bank loans in existence to business in this country, (which is the lifeline of a far greater proportion of businesses than in the west, where many would be granted longer term finance) is going to come to its repayment date in the next 3 to 8 weeks.

On the one hand money has become scarcer and dearer, on the other hand, banks have to lend to somebody. Planning refinancing a little in advance and doing a little brushing up your business plan and case for finance can help matters, as can a look across the market.

This vlog is basically a warning to firms not to leave renewing their short term loans to the last minute. Those who do will find that many cannot get refinanced this year either at all, or on much worse conditions – even Firms who have been used to getting the same or better conditions year after year.

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Business Lessons from Jazz (Uncle Davey’s Herts Content S3 E10)


Original YT playout date: 26 October 2008
Duration: 15:10

Jazz principles applied in the workplace can assist in encouraging innovation, says this speaker, with ample musical illustration. It’s the vado again, so the image is not that crisp and the sound level too low, unfortunately. But without the Vado, there wouldn’t have been space to record this great talk at all!
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Chats between Guv and Peeps #1. Leaving the EU.


Guv: Hey, Peeps, shall we remain in the European Union or shall we leave?

Peeps: Well, you know what, Guv, in view of what Merkel is doing and how Obama threatened us with the end of the queue for trade deals, I suppose, marginally, we’d better go, hadn’t we? I am sure we’ll find a way to be independent.

Guv: OK, that’s what we’ll do, then.

Peeps: OK, Good luck. Sie schaffen das, hur hur hur.

Two and a half years later:

Guv: Well, Peeps, it’s now nearly three years later, Obama is long gone, Merkel’s on her way out, there’s lots of countries in the EU that would be our allies these days for a less federalist Europe. The guy in charge of the USA is all infavour of our leaving now, but for his own benefit. It’s clear that the whole business of leaving has a lot more issues than we knew about before, and you’ve got 5% more young people who wanted to stay in the electorate now, so are you QUITE SURE you still want to leave?

Peeps: How dare you ask us again? We gave you a clear signal? Wanna go undermining our demotrachic rights?! Disgusting!!!!

Uncle Davey Annoyed By Salesperson


Original playout date: 28 January 2008
Duration: 3:36

This is a film which got quite a reacion with quite a few people I know ironically starting to call me “Mr James” when this is obviously aimed at people you don’t know trying to call and sell you something.
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Teammates having fun in Pułtusk


Original playout date: 28 October 2007
Duration: 13:44

We’re having a day at Pultusk’s Dom Polonia. The match you see is in the vicinity of the castle, the shots from the meal are in the castle itself, and the evening karaoke competition (which I won, BTW, but I didn’t have any memory card left to film it) was in the castle grounds.
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Huliganov rants on money launderer


Playout date: 8 February 2007
Duration: 11:28
Views at the time added to HTV: 3,136
Likes at the time added to HTV: 20
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 95.2%
Comments at time added: 6
Total interactions at time added: 27
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Office at Jazdow
Other people featured: None
Genre: Hulirant
Music used: Jimmy Ruffin “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?” chipmunk style
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Clown loaches, Ameca splendens
Other remarks:

Huli blows the gaff on an attempt to involve him in a big seven million dollar money laundering venture involving Cote d’Ivoire.

After the rant comes a joke and a song, and a view out of the office window, as well as the true origin of the word “Internet” a borrowing from Russian.

Quote of the clip: “Little ranting, little singing, little joking: zat’s vot it’s all about.”

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